Project Goals

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This project brings together a diverse, cross-disciplinary group of academics, stakeholders and non-academic communities to address pressing needs in security, privacy, identity and trust. The work employs an action research model to solicit wide participation in societal decisions around Digital Technologies, Power and Control relying on theory, research and current practice from multiple academic and non-academic perspectives.

The project aims to address these in three ways.

First, stakeholders and non-academics serve as advisers and active working group members with researchers in specialist areas to map how empowered and disempowered groups engage with technology. This work will look at how technology is and should be developed to lessen the digital divide attempting to balance power and control across communities. Marginalised communities using technology will be sought to investigate how, why and where technology is useful for their purposes. Sharing this information with industry can help develop a dialogue between groups and provide avenues for industry to better support marginalised communities.

Second, a body of work will be developed to understand how individual communities, businesses, corporations and governments address concerns around trust and privacy. Engaging with civil servants and other non-academics will be crucial for a dynamic paradigm, identifying current issues and anticipating future developments. Benefits to industry will be gained through working with people from marginalised communities around how digital technology may lessen existing uneven power structures.

Finally, addressing current uncertainties about how enabling (and disabling) technology influences online and physical identity, the working group will offer suggestions addressing this at community, corporate and state levels assisting stakeholders to better understand perspectives of broad groups of people.

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